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Today's News

  • Quilt show bightens library

    The Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild has decked out the Bedford Central Library with scores of brightly colored, hand-made quilts, some of them even hand-stitched. This is part of their annual quilt show, which runs until July 22.

    One of the features of the show is a raffle quilt. Visitors buy chances to win this quilt and proceeds are distributed to area non-profits. This year’s beneficiaries will be Hospice House, the Bedford Christmas Station, Bedford Habitat for Humanity and Bedford Domestic Violence Services. Half of the proceds go to the liberay.

  • City planning commission appoints

    Bedford’s planning commission set up a committee, when it met Thursday night, to look at the sidewalk situation on Independence Boulevard.

    Steve Wandrei, an attorney representing Becky Stanley, who wants to build a beauty salon on Independence said that building a sidewalk in front of the property would be cost prohibitive. Wandrei, who spoke before the planning commission, said that it would cost $70,000 to do so.

  • USDA helps volunteer fire department

    Saunders Volunteer Fire Department members would have had to cook up a lot of chickens to pay the $226,000 that their new tank truck cost. Fortunately, county money and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reduced the amount that they have to raise.

    The new truck, with a 3,000 gallon capacity replaces a 31-year-old truck with a capacity of a little more than two-thirds of that. What’s more, the old truck was worn out and could no longer be safely kept on the road.

  • Lowe's is now open

    Most places hold a ribbon cutting to mark their grand opening. Lowe’s has a board sawing.

    A local dignitary does the honors with a hand saw. Lowe’s helps out a bit. The board is already sawn nearly in two, so the dignitary only has to complete the process. Thursday morning, District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry did the honors.

  • They can compete with Lowe's, say existing business owners

    The opening of the new Lowe’s store, last week, brings new competition to a number of existing Bedford area businesses. They say they can handle it.

  • Less than stellar - commentary

    With baseball?s All-Star game upon us, please allow me to rant a bit on how the selection of starting players takes place.

    In essence, my case is that you, the fan, should lose your right to vote.

    Look at the situation in the American League. Boston Red Sox players were in the top four in popularity at every single position. Some of this is justified. I?d certainly vote for Big Pappy and Jason Varitek.

    But, Julio Lugo?

  • DC United's Carroll hits summer soccer camp

    Jedd Zaring has one major goal, among others, for his annual Blue Ridge Soccer Academy summer camp. ?I like to bring in guys who can demonstrate what a good player looks like,? said the head coach of the Jefferson Forest boys? program.

    This year, the coach?s wish came through in spades with the appearance of Jeff Carroll at the camp, held last week at Sweet Briar College.

    Carroll is a member of the Major Soccer League?s DC United, one of the premier teams at the nation?s highest level of soccer.

  • A diamond is forever

    I don?t mind growing old.

    I?m just not used to it.

    ?Victor Borge, pianist (1909-2000)

    The ballplayers on the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department?s 50-plus year-old softball team are doing what they can to avoid getting used to entering their autumn years.

    The team, which consists of 25 players, can be found smacking the ball, diving for line drives and snagging long fly balls during their games on Tuesday evenings at the county fields.

  • Protecting our children from harm

    The victimization of children is a tragic epidemic in our society. According to some statistics, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys are sexually exploited before they reach adulthood and this problem is further exacerbated by the number of children who are solicited and exposed to inappropriate material online. According to the Department of Justice, 1 in 7 children, ages 10 to 17, receive unwanted sexual solicitations online. I believe we must do everything within our power to stop this travesty, and protect our children from those who seek to victimize them.

  • Supreme Court affirmed an important right

    The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a landmark decision, ruling for the first time that individual American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. The ruling came when the Supreme Court struck down the ban on personal ownership of firearms in Washington, D. C. The ban had been in place since it was adopted by the City Council 32 years ago.